The Germany Volleyball National Team is only one victory away from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games!
With a great success in the semifinals of the 2020 European Olympic Qualification Tournament, at their home in Berlin, against Bulgaria in four sets, partially 25:20, 25:23, 20:25, 25:23, the team coached by italian expert Andrea Giani will fight France for the Olympic ticket. The final match is scheduled for Friday evening (January 10, at 20:10 CET).
More than 4,000 spectators at the Max-Schmeling-Halle felt a huge relief when they saw György Grozer in the line-up. The appearance of the main star of the hosts in the semifinals was doubtful due to the injury of the right calf suffered in the match vs. Belgium.
However,he scored 17 points and was the top scorer for the winners, while Denys Kaliberda made 5 winning blocks. Tsvetan Sokolov was the top scorer for Bulgaria with 18 points but with only a 36% attack (13/36).
Andrea Giani, Coach of Germany: “We are very very happy, because the match was so difficult with the Bulgarians. But I think, what I like so much was the focus with all the guys, because to could win this kind of match we need all the players. And every guy that entered changed it, one point or two points. And I love this, because the team played as a squad. And the focus is the same for all guys. The big players for example, with Georg and the younger, they have the same focus. I love this.”
Lukas Kampa, Captain of Germany about match: “I am very very happy about the start today. The way we shaped the first two sets, that we worked for this lead, because I believe that was very very important. In the game you could feel that, when the Bulgarians were close, it was extremely difficult to shake them off, because they just always have people that can start runs through services. That’s why, when we had bagged the second set, you could feel that, okay, now it’s a bit easier to play, although it wasn’t easy of course! Then we lost the third set, but that’s a different starting position and we worked hard for it. That’s probably what made me the happiest today.”
2020 European Volleyball Olympic Qualifier, semifinals
Final -January 10:
France – Germany, 20:10 CET